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Abu Hanza arrested in London

 
 
kev
 
Reply Thu 27 May, 2004 11:41 am
Hamza held in pre-dawn swoop

Controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza is facing extradition to the US on terror charges after he was arrested in a pre-dawn raid.

Officers from Scotland Yard detained the hook-handed preacher at his London home at around 3am on Thursday.

Hamza, 47, who preached at a London mosque linked to al Qaida terrorists involved in the September 11 attacks, was taken to a central London police station by anti-terrorist branch officers.

He was appearing before senior district judge Timothy Workman at the magistrates court at Belmarsh high security prison in south east London. After his arrest, anti-terrorist branch detectives carried out a search of his home in Shepherds Bush, west London.

Scotland Yard announced the raid in a statement released at 6.30am.

The statement read: "At approximately 3am today a British citizen, aged 47, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) following receipt of a US request for his extradition.

"The man was arrested at his home address in west London under an extradition warrant issued by Bow Street Magistrates Court. He was arrested by officers from the MPS Extradition and International Assistance Unit.

"Officers from the MPS Anti-Terrorist Branch escorted the man to a central London police station where he remains in custody. The man is due to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court, sitting at Belmarsh, later today.

"Officers from the Anti-Terrorist Branch are conducting a search of the premises under the Extradition Act 2003."

Extradition cases are usually heard at Bow Street Magistrates Court in central London, but the hearing was switched to Belmarsh for security reasons. At the hearing, details of the extradition warrant and the offences he is accused of by the US authorities will be heard.

Seven days a week this piece of garbage preaches to the young muslims of London to hate the British/Americans and the western world and everything it stands for whilst we supply him with free living accomodation free healthcare, pay all his utility bills and feed him.

I wonder if the wonderful "east" would be as tolerant towards a white Brit who was preaching in their country that the muslim world should be eradicated?
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steissd
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2004 12:15 pm
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I wonder if the wonderful "east" would be as tolerant towards a white Brit who was preaching in their country that the muslim world should be eradicated?

Well, Muslims would not extradit such an extravagant and fearless gentleman. They would merely lynch him.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2004 01:06 pm
Hey, steissd is back! Glad to see you again, steiss.

On the article - about time.
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steissd
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2004 01:59 pm
roger wrote:
Hey, steissd is back! Glad to see you again, steiss.

On the article - about time.

Thanks. Now I am really back. BTW, I fail to find the Roundtable in the menu...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2004 02:13 pm
steissd wrote:
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I wonder if the wonderful "east" would be as tolerant towards a white Brit who was preaching in their country that the muslim world should be eradicated?

Well, Muslims would not extradit such an extravagant and fearless gentleman. They would merely lynch him.


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Mr Ashcroft said the cleric could face the death penalty or life imprisonment if found guilty.

However under current national and European laws, Britain must ask the US to pledge they will not apply the death penalty before any possible extradition is approved.

Home Secretary David Blunkett said: "We have an agreement with the Americans which I renewed a year ago with John Ashcroft which means that on his extradition they are entitled to find him guilty, they are entitled to kill in the sentence but they will not carry out an execution."
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The extent of the US indictment surprised observers. Despite Mr Hamza's inflammatory language, he had never been charged in the UK on the evidence available to British prosecutors.

An attempt to extradite him to Yemen in 1999 saw him held for several days before he was released without charge. He has always maintained his innocence.

The US case against him is believed to be largely based on information from suspects already held in custody. It could also include information from James Ujaama, a former friend of Mr Hamza's, who earlier this year was jailed for two years in Seattle after pleading guilty to helping the Taliban.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2004 02:38 pm
We have agreed to extradition procedures on condition that the death penalty will not be imposed.

Quite right imo. We don't want British citizens subject to third world justice.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2004 03:54 pm
Well I'm disappointed no one has risen to the bait so far
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kev
 
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Reply Sun 30 May, 2004 06:29 am
Steve (as 41oo) wrote:
Well I'm disappointed no one has risen to the bait so far


Cant say that I,m not tempted Steve
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Mon 7 Jun, 2004 02:18 pm
Actually if someone could come up with some goo arguments why Hamza should be strung up by the short and curlies, I dont think I would object..
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